As part of my graduate studies in Business Analytics at the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville), I was given in a homework assignment in which I was given my second experience conducting a survey. My first experience was almost a year ago when my boss tasked me with surveying and analyzing the retention metrics for a group of eighty four military members in our squadron. I did my best with Adobe forms, excel spreadsheets, and a basic understanding of freshman statistics. Needless to say, I handled this survey with a little more of a systematic approach.
After no small amount of deliberation, discussion, and courting, I ultimately decided to forgo the year-long break and immediately pursue a Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Thus far, my academic and professional career has followed a linear progression from electrical engineering concepts to database management while hitting each step in the process.
However, two questions remain, what do I do with these databases that I manage? How do I wield this large amount of data in which I've been entrusted, and how do I use it to solve the problems that my business encounters? Business Analytics aims to answer these questions, and this graduate certificate is the most logical bridge between an Information Science background and the goal of obtaining a Masters of Business Administration.